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PHIL_200_december2007 - final - FACULTY OF ARTS FINAL...

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Unformatted text preview: FACULTY OF ARTS FINAL EXAMINATION PHIL 200A INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY I Examiner: Prof. Storrs McCall Associate Examiner: Prof. Michael Hallett Date: Thursday, December 20, 2007. Time: 9am — 12pm Instructions: Answer ONE question from EACH section. Answer in EXAM BOOK. No notes or texts are permitted in the examination. Only translation dictionaries are allowed. You may keep the exam. This exam comprises 2 pages, including the cover page. This exam is printed double-sided. Philosophy 200A: Final Exam. Section A. 1. Is the soul the harmony of the body? Incorporate at least one of Socrates’ responses into your answer. 2. Meno talks about the virtue of a man, a woman, a child and so on. Why does Socrates hold that this does not constitute knowledge of virtue? What would constitute such knowledge? 3. In his reply to Cebes’ objection, based on the analogy of the weaver and his cloak, Socrates gives his final argument for immortality in the Phaedo. State the argument. Is it convincing? Section B. 4. How, according to Descartes, could a benevolent deity allow us to fall into error? 5. Dreamers and evil demons. What role do they play in Descartes’ philosophy? 6. What is the significance of Descartes’ example of the piece of wax in Meditation 2? ' *- Section C. 7. According to Russell, am I acquainted with “myself”? What reasons exist for thinking so? 8. State the coherence and the correspondence theories of truth. Which do you find most compelling and why? 9. According to Russell, what is the table you are writing on really like? Section D 10. We often think of time as consisting of past, present, and future. Is this an accurate account of its nature? 11. Give at least one argument in favour of mind/body dualism. What are the difficulties associated with such a position? 12. I can move my finger to the left, and I can move it to the right. Does this prove that human beings are free? 13. Compare and contrast any two different philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Say which you think is stronger and why. ...
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